In a world that is already over complicated we believe in keeping things simple here at TIEX, especially when it comes to health and nutrition! But we wanted to share a little bit of information about glycemic index. There is a lot of buzz around glycemic index – (GI) and glycemic load – (GL); but also some confusion. The other day someone mentioned they weren’t going to eat watermelon anymore because it was at the top of the GI table. So we thought it warranted to write a post explaining a little bit about this as a lot of people seem to be genuinely confused and avoiding nutritious foods in the process.
GI is the measure of how quickly the sugar in a food raises our blood sugar, and GL takes into account how much of that sugar is in a portion of that food. GI can therefore distort the real story – the sugar in the watermelon can make your blood sugar levels rise quickly, but there is a relatively small amount of that sugar per portion of the food. Watermelon consists (not suprisingly!) of a large amount of water, so is superhyrdating after exercise and contains vitamins A and C, good levels of potassium as well as the antioxidant lycopene.
So no need to avoid watermelon! At the end of the day our message is always the same, keep things simple by enjoying an abundance of fresh produce, especially vegetables and fruit. These are always going to be healthier options than any processed food!!